No. 22 Point Park keeps win streak alive with 4-2 victory at NAIA St. Catharine
Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:05 p.m. ET
Lucas Godinho (16) had two assists in the victory at St. Catharine (Ky.). Photo by Chris Squier.
ST. CATHARINE, Ky. -- As if playing its fourth game in seven days was not hard enough, the No. 22-ranked Point Park University men's soccer team played the final 72 minutes a man down at NAIA St. Catharine (Ky.) on Friday, but the Pioneers overcame a 1-0 deficit to win, 4-2, and keep their win streak alive at six games.
Point Park (10-2, 2-0 KIAC) went a man down when defender Matt Buckley took a red card in the 18th minute. Five minutes later, the Pioneers faced more adversity when they took a penalty in the area. St. Catharine (8-5, 4-2 Mid-South Conf.) took advantage on the ensuing penalty kick.
Although Ashley Woods' penalty try was stopped by Point Park goalkeeper Zak Borzovoy, Marvin Wusselberg was there for the Patriots to put in the rebound from 10 yards away and a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.
Playing with only 10 men, Point Park scored the next three goals to stake a 3-1 lead at halftime. Marius Seager, a junior from Paris, France, tied things up in the 29th minute off an assist from Zach Rafalowski.
Then Lucas Silva scored in the 40th and 41st minutes to give the Pioneers the two-goal advantage. Lucas Godinho, who like Silva is from Sao Paulo, Brazil, assisted on each of those goals.
And although St. Catharine got within 3-2 on Max Browstow's tally in the 63rd minute, Point Park held things there. Eventually, Silva regained the two-goal separation in the 86th minute for his third hat trick in the last five games.
It has been a scoring flurry for Silva the last two weeks. In the span of five games, Silva has 13 goals. He now has 18 goals, four assists and 40 points on the year. His last five games have included three, three, two, two and three goals.
With his 18 goals on the year, Silva is in second place and just three off the Point Park record for goals in a single season of 21 set by Chris Heh in 1998. Heh also has the career goals record of 50 from 1996-98, and Silva is second with 36 for his career. Heh also owns the career points record of 111 (50G-11A-111PTS), and Silva is second with 91 career points (36G-19A-91PTS).
Point Park had a 12-7 advantage in shots. Borzovoy had one save and got the victory in 90 minutes.
Point Park will make it five games in eight days when it travels to Brescia (Ky.) for a KIAC game on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. CT. The Pioneers are 4-0 so far the past seven days, and they are a perfect, 5-0 on the road this year.
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